Randy Alcorn's Blog: Happiness

Seeking to Be Happy in Christ: My Interview with Bible Gateway

If we say the gospel won’t bring happiness, any perceptive listener should respond, “Then how is it good news?” We need to reverse the trend. Let’s redeem the word “happiness” in light of both Scripture and church history. Our message shouldn’t be “Don’t seek happiness,” but “You’ll find in Jesus the happiness you’ve always longed for.”

Why We Don't Need to Choose Between Happiness and Holiness

As a young pastor, I preached, as others still do, “God calls us to holiness, not happiness.” It all sounded so spiritual, and I could quote countless authors and preachers who agreed with me. I’m now convinced we were all dead wrong.

Experiencing Joy in Times of Discouragement

Like many of you, I periodically experience times of discouragement. During these times, I fight it by engaging in self-talk similar to Psalm 116:7—“Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”

Happiness or Joy… or Both?

In this three-minute video, I talk about the artificial distinction made by many Bible-believing Christians between happiness and joy. (I address this in my book Happiness, which will release this October.)

A Glimpse into an African Ordination

My friend Garry Friesen was a member of the Bible College faculty at Multnomah University for 37 years. He is now in his second “dream job”, teaching at Africa College of Theology (ACT) in Kigali, Rwanda.

God Rejoices to Do Us Good

In researching and writing on the topic of happiness, one of the verses I've enjoyed mediating on is Jeremiah 32:40, 41.

Is God Happy?

Before creatures ever came into the equation, what was God like? His basic persona and His character, that’s who He is.